There were some recent announcements about upcoming Microsoft Certification Retirement Plans. Among these plans is included the retirement of the 70-534 Architecting Azure Solutions exam. At first, this is a little surprising since the 70-534 exam is 1 of 3 core Azure certification exams, however, this retirement is much different than typical exam retirements.

Normally, when Microsoft retires a certification exam it’s reached end of life and the technology covered is no longer current. With the 70-534 exam, Microsoft is implementing a significant content update / upgrade to the exam to keep it current with the current state of Azure Architecture. As a result, rather than simply updating the exam content, they have decided to retire the exam December 31, 2017 and replace it with a new exam; the 70-535 exam with the same name.

The 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam will replace the old 70-534. The core exam content will largely be the same, but the updates / changes are significant enough that a new exam number will help differentiate the difference. This is really a good thing, as it will likely help reduce confusion between the older version of 70-534 and the newer 70-535 content.

Full exam objective details haven’t been announced by Microsoft yet, but the new 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam will replace the old 70-534. As a result, it looks like the 70-535 will count towards the the MCSA: Cloud Platform and MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certifications. This would mean a direct replacement for the 70-534 as it’s been.

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Posted by Chris Pietschmann

Chris is a Microsoft MVP and has nearly 20 years of experience building enterprise systems both in the cloud and on-premises. He is also a Certified Azure Solutions Architect (both MCSD and MCSE), a trainer, and Cloud Advocate. He has a passion for technology and sharing what he learns with others to help enable them to learn faster and be more productive.

4 Comments

  1. I’m in the process of studying for 534 now. Hoping I can get it before December. One more to go for MCSE!

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    1. Chris Pietschmann October 10, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      You can do it!!

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  2. And then what happens to those who are already certified on 70-534 (and the rest) after Dec 2017? Do we need to appear for 70-535 again to keep the overall MCSA/MCSE Azure Certification?

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    1. Chris Pietschmann October 10, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      No, the MCSA or MCSE earned will remain.

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